Church/ Chiesa di San Silvestro in Capite, Rome

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Church/ Chiesa di San Silvestro in Capite, Rome

The church was built by pope Stephen II in the 8th century on the ruins of the Temple of the Sun erected here by Aurelian in 273 A.D. The present look of the construction was created in 1594 in course of complete reconstruction by F.da Volterra and C.Maderno, and while decoration works of the 17th century, by C.Rainaldi and Domenico De Rossi.

Interior has a nave with the side chapels; an oval dome by F.da Volterra depicted in 1690 by Pomarancio. In the confession are the bodies of popes St Silvester and St Stephan. The marble high altar is by C.Rainaldi (1667). The bell-tower was erected in 1191-1198 by Celestine II and decorated by ceramics and 12th century bronze clock. The modest facade by Domenico De Rossi (1703) has a door bordered by a beautiful medieval marble cornice. There is also a little courtyard with the pieces of ancient columns, tablets and friezes.
Church/ Chiesa di San Silvestro in Capite in Piazza San Silvestro
The name of the church "in capite" was given it starting from the 12th century, because here is preserved in one of the chapels a head of St John Baptist (capite=capo=head). The Basilica of San Silvestro in Capite is situated in Piazza San Silvestro, next to the Central Post Office, close to the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps.

In 1890 the church was bestowed on the English Roman Catholics by Leo XIII. The facade is richly decorated with capitals, pilaster strips, and an inscription. The facade also contains two huge statues.

The adjoining Convent of S.Silvestro was partly used for the Ministry of Public Works and partly by Central Post Office (from 1878, architect Malvezzi). Here in the past centuries the treasure of the church, the second after the Chiesa di Gesu', was held.

At the Piazza San Silvestro there is a small bus depot with 10-12 bus lines ending and starting there. If you get quickly up to speed on how to use the buses, you'll be able to use public transportation to a lot of places in the city.

Church/ Chiesa di San Silvestro in Capite
Piazza San Silvestro, 17-A
Next to the Rome Central Post Office.
00187, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Colonna (Pantheon-Montecitorio-Barberini) (Roma centro)
Church/ Chiesa di San Silvestro in Capite is Shown By "Map E Zone" As "52"
Hours: 06:30-12:30 16:00-19:00, Saturday: 06:30-12:30 16:00-20:00, Sunday: 06:30-12:30 16:00-20:00
Tel: 0039 066977121
Fax: 0039 0669771251

You can reach Piazza San Silvestro By the following Bus Station:
(Know before you go: Rome Bus stops, Bus Lines, Signs, Color, etc.)
Bus: 53-52-61-71-85-160-850.

117 (limited), s. giovanni in laterano Ospedale
160, rufino
52, archimede
53, mancini
53, mancini
61, balsamo crivelli
71 (temporary), tiburtina metro B
85, rocca di papa/collepardo
85, rocca di papa/collepardo
85, rocca di papa/collepardo
850, porta s. giovanni metro A

80, vimercati
80L (limited temporary), l.go valsabbia

160F (holydays), montagnola

Closest Underground Metro stations near Piazza San Silvestro: (Get an idea of : Rome Underground METRO Lines System and Trains)
METRO A BARBERINI, Barberini (piazza), 10, 263 mt. away
METRO A SPAGNA, Della Trinita' Dei Monti (piazza), 3, 382 mt. away
METRO A REPUBBLICA, Della Repubblica (piazza), 55, 501 mt. away
METRO B COLOSSEO, Del Colosseo (piazza), 1, 615 mt. away
METRO B CAVOUR, Visconti Venosta (largo), 228, 622 mt. away
METRO B TERMINI, dei cinquecento (piazza), 84, 635 mt. away
METRO A LEPANTO, Lepanto (via), 1, 817 mt. away
METRO A FLAMINIO, Piazzale Flaminio (Piazzale), 819 mt. away

Closest Railway stations near Piazza San Silvestro:
STAZIONE TERMINI, Dei Cinquecento (piazza), 1, 741 mt. away
STAZIONE FLAMINIO, Di Villa Ruffo (via), 1, 880 mt. away
ROMAPANTANO TERMINI LAZIALI, Giovanni Giolitti (via), 64, 1.0 km. away
ROMALIDO PORTA SAN PAOLO, piazzale ostiense, 1, 1.1 km. away
STAZIONE TRASTEVERE Flavio Biondo (piazza), 1, 1.1 km. away

Closest Tourist Information Points near Piazza San Silvestro:
Fontana di Trevi, Via Minghetti, 112 mt. away
Navona, Piazza delle Cinque Lune, 301 mt. away
Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Via Nazionale 194, 490 mt. away
Visitor Center Fori Imperiali, Via dei Fori Imperiali, 491 mt. away
Trastevere, Piazza Sonnino, 642 mt. away
Castel Sant'Angelo, Piazza Pia, 652 mt. away
Santa Maria Maggiore, Via dell'Olmata, 715 mt. away

Getting To Church/ Chiesa di San Silvestro in Capite at Piazza San Silvestro From Church/ Chiesa di Sant'Andrea delle Fratte (Via di Sant'Andrea delle Fratte) :
Departure from roma via di sant' andrea delle fratte , 1
walk 200 meters
to roma piazza di san silvestro , 1
distance covered (metres) 200 meters.

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